Australasian Journal of Philosophy 50 (2):124 – 130 (1972)

Tim Oakley
La Trobe University
I discuss and criticise Douglas Gasking’s paper, “The Analytic-Synthetic Controversy” (in the current issue of this journal). Gasking proposes an explanation of our classifying together as “analytic” statements like “Someone is a bachelor if and only if he is an unmarried man”. He proposes that the feature common to the statements that we so classify is that they provide the only “semantic anchor” for a word that does not have, in Quine’s terms, a socially constant stimulus meaning. I argue that, even after modifications are introduced to allow the account to handle certain difficulties, the account falls to some fatal objections.
Keywords Analytic  Analyticity  Douglas Gasking  Hilary Putnam  W.V.O. Quine
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Word and Object.Willard van Orman Quine - 1960 - Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.
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